Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research

Effecting Change

Catherine Chezik

"GSSWSR has become far more than an academic process for me, it is a lifestyle. As a MSS/MLSP student, I live and breathe my discipline. My field placements have been the most rewarding part of attaining my degree."
--Catherine Chezik, MSS/MLSP ‘13

Putting Theory to Work

Robert Lucas Seidler

"Bryn Mawr's GSSWSR grounded my development as a clinician by offering a comprehensive evidenced-based curriculum while allowing me the opportunity to pursue my own interests and aspirations."
--Robert Lucas Seidler, MSS '12

Realizing the Possibilities

Shawn Johnson

I believe that people can, with the right opportunities, restore their lives and become healthy contributing members of society. GSSWSR is helping me to realize my dreams.
--Shawn Johnson, MSS/MLSP ‘13

Living With Purpose

Clarence Jasper

I chose to attend Bryn Mawr because their professors all bring something different to the table, which helps me step back and see the whole mosaic that is social work.
-- Clarence Jasper, MSS ‘13

Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research

Message from the Dean


The Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research (GSSWSR) is a vibrant community committed to leadership for service. As an integral part of Bryn Mawr College, the GSSWSR actively contributes to our shared dedication to social justice for all.

The GSSWSR is not only one of the oldest schools of social work, more importantly, our graduates remain vital to our School and are known to be among the very best in addressing the major issues of our world. While honoring a rich history with our 100th in 2015, the GSSWSR has been forward thinking in its creation of programs of study that thoughtfully interweave clinical and community practice, policy, and research. Continuous attention to these curricular interconnections, within and across the academic offerings in both the classroom and the field, provides students with a multifaceted understanding of the complex challenges of the 21st century. Our multidisciplinary faculty and multitalented staff together prepare our student colleagues for lives of leadership, knowing that authentic leadership is essential to ensure that individuals, families, organizations, and communities—locally and abroad—fulfill their highest potential.

I am honored to be a part of this School and College. Social Work is indeed the profession of choice for the clinician, the administrator, the advocate, and the promoter of social justice. If you too are committed to making a difference in the lives of individuals, families, groups, communities, and organizations, come join our community!

Darlyne Bailey, PhD
Dean, MSS Program Director, Professor, and
Special Assistant to the President for Community Partnerships